Porcelain Industry

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Porcelain industry at Yuan to middle Ming is one of the crucial industry in this era. In other words, both dynasties developed their economy by developing and trading those products. There are official records that government supported kilns in Jingdezhen. As the demand was increased, the number of workers also increased. The number of worker means it was very serious industry in the time. Therefore, analyzing this industry is critical so that we can infer the lifestyle and cultural issue at that specific period. The industry mainly occurred at Jingdezhen. It is located at Jiangxi province, southern east part of China, and northern east part of its province. Most of the kilns that produced porcelain were sited in here. Figure 1. As the…show more content…
In this essay, it will discuss the symbol used in court. One of the common symbol was dragon. Dragon, in China, means the son of heaven. This is general to both dynasties even in Qing dynasty too. They believed the imperial is the replacement of dragon, the emperor is the representative of dragon to rule their country. Thus, the symbol of dragon can show people worshiped their emperor. Dragon designed porcelain can also describe the rank in the court. The number of claws can specify levels of certain owners. For the emperor, successor was given five-clawed dragon. Four-clawed dragon is the next ranked people in court such as second heir or son. The fish was also common in the design. This can show two factors one is the resemblance of pronunciation of certain Chinese letter and hobby of the that period. Pronunciation of fish in Chinese is ‘Yu’, which is similar as wealth in Chinese, there is difference in intonation. Thus, this can also be said that fortune wish was common in that time and still very common in modern time. This decoration also depicts breeding fishes in court was also prevalent. This is another form of fortune wishes too. To conclude, fish is also very important figure in China. Chinese people believed it may bring wealth and…show more content…
The important location was Jingdezhen. It was good for providing good quality of wood, clay and easy accessible of water transportation. At Yuan dynasty, the emergence of cobalt red and blue for blue-and-white type porcelain was the major point. This industry was available because of its conquered regime, the largest land in Chinese history. Thus, it allowed the easy accessible of trading so that they can compensate their deficiency. Porcelain has influenced various cultures, especially Islamic and Tibetan Buddhist by the durability and adaptability of diversity of the design. Their focus was color painting on porcelain rather than harmonization of wares. This trend changes in Ming dynasty. Since, they want to return their original culture because Mongolian ruled over them. They tried to concentrate on harmonization of design and wares. In addition, they reached the most elaborated and sophisticated technique. The distinctive characteristic called ‘Doucai’, thus multicolor ware was common in this era. The further development was available because its maritime trading which it allowed them to have wide market. The porcelain symbols also stand for the lifestyle and culture of the time. The dragon symbolizes the emperor which can show the people admired their ruler. The number of claw shows the social classification within the court. Both dynasties believed fish brings good fortune because the

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